There are many interesting places in Mexico and Oaxaca is one of my favorite ones. The color is wonderful so consider making some images in color even if your normal work is B&W. Many of the buildings in the city are painted, and no one color dominates, with the possible exception of a reddish brown earth color. Pastel colors tend to dominate, such as light blue, yellow, light red, pink, etc. There is a lot of sun on most days so you might want to work with a negative film that is slightly lower in contrast then most.
Originally Posted by david b
One thing you must understand is that you will not be able to use a tripod in any of the buildings that are designed as national monuments or in any of the arquelogical zones. For this you will need a special permit from an organization called INAH, which I believe means Instituto Nacional de Arqueologia e Historia. The contact web site for the necessary permission is http://www.transparencia.inah.gob.mx. See in particular Punto VIII. As far as I know you will need to fill out the forms in Spanish as there is no English track for this, at least so far as I know. Jorge was kind enough to provide me with the original contact on this and he may know someone that you could contact in English in case you don't speak Spanish.
Some interesting places outside of the city are, 1) the ruins of Monte Alban, a very impressive site contracted by the Zapotecas, one of the great indigenous civilizations of Meso-America, 2) Cuilapan de Guerrereo, an ex-convento in partial decay, 3) the Tule tree, of the same family as the Redwood, said to have the largest girth of any tree in the Americas, and 4) Mitla, a Mixteca ruin. But so many others wonderful things to see if I continue I will never stop,
BTW, I am returning there myself in January of the coming year for a brief visit.
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